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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

19 November 2008

Glen Henry

Glen Patrick Henry, 72, passed away Oct. 18. 

He was born in Parsons and lived in Akron, Ohio area since 1992. 

He served in the U.S. Navy as a flight instructor and retired from Goodyear as a blimp pilot with many hours of flight time. 

He graduated from Parsons High School with the class of 1954.  He was inducted in to the Parsons High School Hall of Fame in 2008. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Wilma Carol.

He is survived by a son Stephen; a daughter Holly (and James) Cabell; grandchildren, who were the light of his eyes, Jessica, C. Kristopher, Matthew Glen and Brie-Anna; a brother Gilbert (and Maryellen) of Seattle, Wash.; special relatives, colleagues and friends. 

Memorial services were held Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Eckard Baldwin Sanctuary Chapel, 760 E. Market St.  In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to the family in care of Holly Cabell, 4227 Sunnyview Drive, Uniontown, Ohio 44685.  

Frank White

Frank William White, 63, of Augusta passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at his home. 

He was born on April 4, 1945 in Red Creek, he was the son of the late Will and Nora (Nelson) White. 

He was the owner and operator of Fran Shar Construction.  

Frank was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.  

He is survived by his wife Sharon V. (Nestor) White; three step-sons James M. Dotson and wife Peggy of Martinsburg, Rock A. Dotson and wife Debbie of Brunswick, Ga., Steven M. Dotson and wife Nina of Brunswick, Ga.; four sisters Jessie Phillips of Elkins, Helen Summerfield, Betty Roy and Bessie Carr, all of Parsons; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. in the McKee Funeral Home Chapel, Augusta.  The family received friends on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. 

Alton Shahan

Alton Guy Shahan Sr. 83 of Morgantown, died peacefully Sunday, November 16, 2008 at Monongalia General Hospital with his wife and children by his side.

He was born at St. George, Tucker County on August 10, 1925, the son of Ernest and Lula Jane Robinson Shahan.

He was a proud graduate of Tucker County High School receiving a diploma as a Veteran of WW II.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church on High Street, Morgantown. As a former member of Sabraton Baptist Church he helped build the church and served as a trustee. He grew up attending Macedonia Methodist Church in St. George.

Corporal Alton Shahan served with pride with the 69th Infantry Division in Europe during WW II. He was drafted in 1943 and had basic at Fort McClellan, Anniston, Ala. Then he trained with the 69th Infantry Division at Camp Shelby, Biloxi, Miss. He was shipped to England and awaited the call to Germany. The capture of Fortress Ehrenbreitstein was historic as it was here the last American Flag was lowered after the occupation of the WW I in 1923 and he was there when the same flag was raised again on April 6, 1945 with General Bradley, Major General Reinhardt, and General Patton. 

The 69th captured Liepzig, the third largest city in Germany. It was on May 5, 1945 that General Bradley passed through the regimental zone that linked up with the Russians. The military courtesy and bearing displayed by the troops guarding the road resulted in a commendation. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, American Theatre Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with two battle stars, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns, Occupation Germany, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, and Qualification Badge for M-1 Rifle. After Christmas of 1944 he carried the BAR rifle. After victory in Europe he went to Italy to train to ship to the Pacific, because he didnít have the points to come home. When Japan surrendered he was transferred to a labor company in Belgium as a supervisor crating and loading military equipment and supplies to be returned to the States. 

He was at La-Louviere POW Camp #9 and escorted prisoners to the Nuremberg Trials. He served his full time in the military with his twin brother Allen. He spent three Christmases away from home, one stateside, one in England when the 69th had a Christmas party for bombed out children and when they called out many of his buddies to go to the front lines at the Bulge, and one in Belgium.

Alton was a proud member of the 69th Infantry Association and also a member of the VFW Post 548 and American Legion #2.

Alton retired with 39 years as a tester at Sterling Faucet. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. His favorite pass time was knitting.

Alton is survived by his wife of 59 years Beulah Myers Shahan. The couple was united in marriage October 2, 1949 in a double wedding with his twin brother Allen and Beulahís sister Beryl in Parsons, WV He is survived by his two children, daughter Jeanette Shahan, a teacher, and son Alton Guy Shahan Jr., a Union Carpenter.

Three sisters also survive him, Millie Carlson, of Edmonds, Wash., Edith Koob, Shoreline, Wash. and Annetta Creekmore, Leesburg, Va; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Ernest (1969) and his mother Lula Robinson Shahan (1997) a stillborn brother, and nine other brothers, Ira (1987), Gay Ross (2006), Everett (1996), his twin brother Allen (1998), Wilson (1990), Virgil (1974), Gerald (1989), Walter (2000), and Darl (2001).

Friends may call from 2-4 and6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the McCulla Funeral Home in Westover. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at McCulla Funeral Home with Pastor Al Cooper officiating. Burial will follow at Beverly Hills Cemetery with graveside military honors conferred by the Westover VFW Post # 9916 and the Honors detail of the WV National Guard. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McCulla.com.

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.

 

 

 

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